Nicole | Personal | Brisbane | 6th January 2014
Happy New Year!! Sorry I have been neglecting my blog over the past couple of weeks, but between Christmas, helping my sister in her business, shooting and a few days of R&R to bring in the new year in Byron, two weeks has already passed! I’ve been wanting to write this blog post about the year that was 2013 but it has taken me a little while to be able to find the right words.
2013 was the toughest year that I have ever lived through. I thought the ending of 2012 couldn’t bring any more heartache, but 2013 threw me some massive curve balls and was an incredibly challenging year in my personal life, but now that I am through it, I can look back and think – Wow, what a year. I am so grateful for the lessons that I learnt and for everything that I had to deal with and experience throughout the year. 2013 was a year for me filled with 50% amazing crazy awesome adventures and 50% really hard rock bottom times. But I am truly grateful that my year has been 50-50. I don’t think I could look back and appreciate the amazing times without the rock bottom times. And the rock bottom times have taught me so much about myself, the people around me and the types of relationships I want in my life.
I have so much to be grateful for at the end of 2013. I have an amazing supportive family who have been there for me throughout the year. Until you meet and experience life with people who don’t have the love and unconditional support of family, you truly don’t realise how lucky you are to have a good family. We have our ups and our downs, but we always know that no matter what life throws at us, we will always be there to love and support each other and that is the greatest gift of all.
I am also so grateful for all the friendships that I have created over the past year. I feel so lucky and so blessed to have the love and support of so many amazing people. I never knew that sharing my vulnerabilities and acknowledging that I have been going through a hard time could lead to such an out pouring of love and support. I’ve never really had that before and for that I am truly am grateful and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You all know who you are and I am truly grateful for your love and friendship.
I am also incredibly grateful for all of the adventures that I have had throughout this past year. I’ve done quite a bit of travelling overseas and even around Australia. In January I photographed my first inter-state wedding in Sydney and in March I travelled overseas to Vietnam by myself. It was the most amazing adventure and I met some of the most awesome people along the way. Then in September in a last minute decision I decided to trek to Machu Picchu. This was one of my least thought about decisions and something I decided to do on the spur of the moment, but I am so glad that I did. I pushed through my fears, my own limits and achieved more than I ever thought possible. I climbed to the top of a massive mountain and raised over $6K for Youngcare. All of these experiences have given me such perspective on life. I have met some amazing people along the way, observed cultures and a different way of life (which certainly gives you perspective) and I’ve really tried to learn how to just be present and enjoy the moment. It is so easy to get caught up in the mind set of the fantasy of the life you thought you would have, and not really live in the present and enjoy what you do have. 2013 taught me that.
I am also incredibly grateful to all of my clients. I am so incredibly fortunate to be able to create a business around my passion. I love being a photographer. I love being behind the camera, interacting with people and creating precious memories that celebrate love, connection, emotion and relationships. It is such a privilege and it allows me to experience some pretty amazing places and events. All of the personal experiences that I have gone through this year, have certainly made me a better photographer, a better observer of emotion and relationships and a better person. I’ve really struggled behind the scenes this year and I am so grateful for pushing through, working on myself and my business. I am so excited for the new year without all of that baggage to really push and focus on where I want to take my business. I can’t believe I have been in the studio for 2 years in February and full time for 4 years. This wouldn’t be possible without all of my gorgeous clients, so again thank you for helping me make my dreams a reality.
And a little update on my 30 by 30 list.. I’ve ticked 7 items off my list and have a couple of the others in the works! I can’t wait to complete the list and celebrate with a big party for my 30th!
So here is to an amazing 2014! I can’t wait to get started. I have so many amazing things in the pipelines for 2014 and I can feel that it is going to be an awesome year. An of course being a photographer, I just have to finish this blog with a bunch of photos. Here is a small collection of some of the amazing places I have visited over 2013 via instagram. If you want to follow me, you can find me at nbpnicole.